Cat owners of any age, it’s easy to hear the label ‘crazy cat lady or guy’ thrown about negatively when really you know the score.
News flash: Owning a cat (or cats!) is definitely one of most rewarding things you can do – only now research can back you up.
Owning cats, they confirm, can actually make you healthier and not at all emotionally crazy and/or depressed like the lazy stereotype suggests.
In fact, according to a new study from the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, just the mere presence of cats has been associated with the reduction of stress and blood pressure.
In other words, owning a kitten (or two!) isn’t only emotionally rewarding but may in fact reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
In its conclusion, the study writes of “a decreased risk for death due to MI and all cardiovascular diseases (including stroke) … observed among persons with cats.”
It continues with the suggestion that owning cats “as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals.”
So next time if someone chooses to use the phrase ‘crazy cat person’ in a negative light, just know you’re actually the healthiest, most happiest person out there!